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night, putting an end to u.s. combat in iraq. the president thanked americans for paying a huge price, saying it's time to move forward without closing the book on iraq. tracie potts has more from washington. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. with the military operations in iraq behind us, president obama made it clear that the next big mission is right here at home. >> the american combat mission in iraq has ended. >> reporter: with combat troops now out of iraq, president obama announced a new mission. >> our most urgent mission is the economy and putting americans back to work. >> reporter: his focus now? jobs and afghanistan. he promised the pullout there will begin next summer. >> open-ended war serves neither our interests or the afghan people. >> reporter: republicans criticized the president for opposing the surge. >> some leaders who opposed, criticized, and fought tooth and nail against the surge strategy now proudly claim credit for the results. >> we pledge all we can do always to protect and defend the state of israel. >> reporter: today, president obama meets with israeli
potts joins us from washington with more on how the president plans to rescue the economy. tracie, good morning. >> lynn, good morning. today the president will deliver that speech in a state where one of his harshest critics is from, republican leader john boehner, and from a region that's been hit hard by unemployment. the president's expected to urge congress to let the bush tax cuts expire for the wealthy, individuals earning over $200,000 and couples over the $250,000. plus, he wants to spend $50 billion on transportation projects and create $200 billion in business tax breaks, allowing small businesses to write off capital investments next year, giving them more cash to hire new workers. >> we're talking investments in tomorrow that are creating hundreds of thousands of private sector jobs right now. >> all of it paid for by ending tax breaks for big companies. republicans say it's the wrong approach. >> i don't think the american people want any more stimulus spending coming out of washington. we need to get our arms around the out-of-control spending. >> it's a pro-business agen
today," plugged up. the blown-out bp well that caused the largest oil spill in u.s. history is finally declared dead. >>> home sweet home. an american hiker jailed in iran for more than a year speaks out. >>> and house arrest. actor randy quaid and his wife in hot water again. actor randy quaid and his wife in hot water again. this time, accus of squatting. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning, i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with mission finally accomplished. bp says a permanent seal is now in place on its blown-out well at the bottom of the gulf of mexico. however, killing the catastrophic well off is a bittersweet victory for gulf coast residents, who fear they'll be battling the effects of the nation's worst environmental disaster for years to come. nbc's jay greg has our report. >> reporter: it began april 20th with a massive fireball and deadly flames cutting through the night air. as the deepwater horizon rig exploded, then collapsed, 11 lives were lost. and oil began to seep into the gulf, the start of the worst spill in u.s. hi
joins us from washington with the latest. good morning, tracie. >> amara, good morning. what to do about taxes? the senate has confirmed what the house said, that this is not going to happen before you go to the polls in november. senate democrats got together, but could not agree on how to move forward. the issue is whether or not to preserve the bush tax cuts for everyone or just for the middle class and let taxes go up on the wealthy. it is a political hot potato headed into november, not one that the democrats now say they want to touch before you go to the polls. however, what they did back, a small business bill, $30 billion, a new fund to help small businesses get loans. this was mainly a democratic issue. the idea here is that if businesses have more cash, they'll hire people, buy equipment, expand and help pull this economy out of a slump. the gop called it a bailout. their plan is their new pledge to america. a government that's too big is something they say they want to get rid of if they are elected in november. they also want to expand tax cuts and several other measures tha
towards goals such as economic crisis and peace in the middle east. michelle franzen is live for us in new york. >> reporter: good morning, amara. certainly the president's speech will focus on what he talked about last year and rebuilding a lot of the international relations following the bush administration's foreign policy. but many of the same issues are still -- president is still facing with foreign policy agenda, including much in the middle east. of course, combat units in iraq left there at the end of awl august, but still, about 50,000 troops remain in iraq, training security forces there and in afghanistan, troops, of course, have been increased along with the attacks by insurgents. and certainly talks, peace talks for the middle east twin israeli and palestinian leaders got a jump start earlier this month, but so far, still no direct talks planned in the meantime. of course, iran and north korea's defiance over international sanctions and pressure to stop their nuclear program will take the stage, as well. president obama is expected to speak early this morning and following ir
to help put unemployed americans back to work. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with more. good morning to you. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. this is traditionally the day that we celebrate american workers, but today president obama will be telling them to hang on. this afternoon president obama spends labor day with union workers in milwaukee. union leaders say what's traditionally a day of celebration has become a day of frustration for many. >> 11 million people out of work have less to be thankful for than those on wall street that are doing quite well. >> reporter: unemployment creeped up to 9.6% friday, jobs are being created, but not nearly fast enough to employ the millions left jobless in this recession. today and in cleveland wednesday, the president will talk about the slow recovery and urge congress to approve $100 billion in tax breaks for small business. >> that's really what the bottom line is, small businesses are the engine of growth. government doesn't create the jobs. all we do is help train people for those jobs. >> reporter: the unemployment rate could h
. it was blocked by republicans with some claiming democrats were using the issue to score political points. steve handelsman has more. >> i stand here today on two good legs again as a prud, gay marine. >> democrats roll out their big guns. eric alfa, one of the first warriors hurt in the war. alva got a medical discharge. but since don't ask, don't tell took effect in 1993, 13,000 men and women have been kicked out of the military. >> but it's long past time to repeal this policy, which is both unjust, un-american and extremely hurtful to the effectiveness of our military. >> reporter: but republicans blocked the vote. >> the motion is not agreed to. >> reporter: john mccain opposes this repeal. >> we would be ignoring the troops and casting aside the professional military advice given by each of the four service chiefs. >> in fact, just before president obama awarded a medal of honor to the marine he's chosen to keep in command of the corps said don't let gays serve openly yet. we're not quite sure what the impact would be. >> reporter: a bigger blow came from susan collins who backs repeal. >>
is in washington, d.c. live with us this morning with the latest. good morning to you, tracie. >> veronica, good morning. what you'll see this week will take auto a very distinct campaign-like feel, the white house trying to bring back what worked for them two years ago during the presidential campaign. the president swinging through several states over the next two days with two goals -- to energize young voters and to sell his economic plan. part of that plan was helping small businesses. we saw that as he signed the small business plan into law yesterday creating a $30 billion fund to give them more money to free up money for these businesses to expand and hire workers. today, president obama takes his message to albuquerque, new mexico, where he'll continue a series of backyard meetings with voters and have a big rally at the university of wisconsin later on tonight. as we get closer to the election, we're seeing the administration get much more aggressive in tone and message, by vice president biden saying to republicans stop whining and look for some alternatives out there. president obama
american officials staged 9/11. >> translator: that some segments within the u.s. government orchestrated the attack to reverse the american economy and its gripn the middle east in order to save this regime. >> reporter: u.s. diplomates and others walked out. rudy giuliani, new york's mayor on 9/11, called ahmadinejad insane or giving a great imitation. irn, giuliani said, must get get nuclear weapons. that was china's goal, who is pressuring iran. an arab/israeli peace deal is hoped to be completed next year. >> we can have a new agreement, an independent sovereign state of palestine living in peace with israel. >>> now here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. >>> in california, workers fom sea world tried asising a sea lion with a spear stuck in its back, but to no avail. officials don't know how the animal got speared, but say if it was done on purpose, it would be a pearl offense. >>> in oregon, a bus driver is out of a job after a passenger got videoof that driv reading an e-book while driving down the highway. he was eventually fired for posing a thre
it a symbol of hate, asking the u.s. government to step in and for muslims to stay calm. military, political, and religious leaders are among those urging the pastor to cancel the event. >> this act would only call for new hate and violence. >> i am heartened by the clear unequivocal condemnation of this disrespectful disgraceful act that has come from american religious leaders of all faiths. >> reporter: jones and the dove world outreach center congregation have received hundreds of death threats, and church members now carrie weapon ons. >> it's a smith & s weson. an isolated protest launching international concerns of widespread ramifications. leanne gregg, nbc news. >>> well, in ohio yesterday president obama turned up the heat on the republican party, continuing his assault on the gop policies that he says put the economy in a rut in the first place. the president also talked up his own economic plan to prop up the middle class by raising taxes on the wealthy. nbc's steve handelsman has more. >> reporter: in the election year fight over taxes, president oh pa ma needs voters to know wh
states to sell his plan to fix the economy. tracie potts is in washington, d.c. live with us this morning with the latest. good morning to you, tracie. >> reporter: veronica, good morning. you will see the president's events take on a distinct campaign-like feel. two goals swinging through several states. first of all, to energize young voters, and as you said, sell his economic recovery plan. it's a plan that now includes a new $30 billion fund for small businesses. he signed that into law yesterday. the idea is to provide them more money so these businesses can expand, and hopefully hire more workers and affect the low jobless rate in this country. this is a message he'll take to albuquerque, new mexico, today, as president obama continues with the white house called a series of backyard meetings with voters. something that worked in his campaign that he's hoping will work in this election as well. and then later tonight, a big rally at the university of wisconsin to draw those young voters. as we get closer to this election, more criticism from democrats, from the white house on republ
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